Welcome to Customs
SARS’s Customs division plays an integral role in facilitating the movement of goods and people entering or exiting the borders of the Republic.
The Excise division facilitates the levying of duties on certain locally manufactured goods as well as on their imported equivalents.
- 24 November 2016 - Rules of Origin letters to Customs stakeholders
- 17 October 2016 - Updated Customs Provisional Payments external guides
- 14 October 2016 - Automation of Provisional Payments for Customs Imports Declaration and Activation of Preferential Codes
As part of our continued efforts to offer improved and efficient service to our clients, we have enhanced the process for Customs Provisional Payments. From the weekend of 14 October 2016, Customs transactions for provisional payments will be automated.
Traders will in the interim still have the option to submit manual application to make provisional payment (DA70 form) at a Customs branch until 29 October 2016. From then onwards the electronic system will be fully implemented.
See the details on the interim arrangements.
The automation will improve the way declaration and liquidation processes are managed and will have the following benefits for our clients:
- Saving you time as you need not visit a Customs office; it is a paperless process and you will no longer complete a manual DA70 declaration in certain instances.
- Simplified process for application for liquidation of provisional payment amounts. You can now amend the original declaration electronically using the initial reference number.
- Improved communication; expiry reminders will be sent to declarants using an automated system.
The automated changes are applicable only to provisional payments for import declarations related to the following three types:
- Provisional payments lodged at the time of original clearance
- Provisional payments lodged for conditional release of goods detained
- Provisional payments lodged for penalty of forfeiture.
The payment options remain the same; you can make payments either via eFiling, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or at a Customs office in cash. See the Customs Provisional Payment Leaflet
for more detail. Use of Preferential Codes – SACU MERCUSOR Trade Agreement:
Although the activation of the under-mentioned preferential codes is a pre-requisite for the implementation of the SACU-MERCOSUR Trade Agreement, please note that the declaration of a preferential code will be required on all import declarations directly after the deployment of the systems enhancements on 14 October 2016.
100 – None (General Rate) required on all declaration lines where no Preferential treatment is required
200 – Preferential rate required on all declaration lines where a preferential treatment is required
300 – National Quota (Not in use)
400 – Preferential quota required on all declaration lines where Preferential Quota treatment is required
To avoid unnecessary rejections, traders must ensure the required preferential codes are populated in the applicable import declarations from 16:00 on Friday 14 October 2016.System downtime
Clients are asked to take note that Customs systems are expected to be down from 17:00 until approximately 21:30 on Friday 14 October 2016.
Clients should submit declarations by 16:00 at the latest. If applicable, you are also asked to make suitable arrangements prior to the abovementioned time with relevant Customs offices for processing of urgent cargo.
Any changes to this schedule will be posted on this website as well as the SARS EDI bulletin board
- 26 September 2016 - The MPR has been enhanced with paperless benefits, for more information visit Manifest Processing System (MPR) and Registration of MPR.
- 15 June 2016 - The rollout of the new Manifest Processing system (MPR) is scheduled to commence at 17:00 and should last until 22:00 on Friday, 17 June 2016. Please note that the SARS Gateway and Customs business systems will be shut down during this period.
Stakeholders are kindly requested to process all priority transactions by 16h00 on Friday, 17 June to allow for finalisation within the customs system before the systems shutdown. Any new clearances and manifests submitted after this time will queue on the Gateway until the system becomes available. Trade will receive acknowledgements (CONTRL messages) during the downtime, but the messages will not be processed.
As is the case with all major rollouts, the system downtime will include necessary internal SARS stability testing as well as processing of test cases as pre-arranged with certain stakeholders. Once this has been successfully accomplished, the SARS Gateway and Customs business systems will resume service for trade transactions. Read more here.
For more info on MPR, please visit the MPR page on Monday, 20 June 2016.
- 13 June 2016 - Latest on the SARS Customs electronic manifest process and system changes
- 1 June 2016 - Changes to the SARS Customs electronic manifest process and system
- 8 February 2016 - SARS systems unavailable
eFiling and SARS systems will be unavailable from 18:00 on Friday night, 12 Feb until 08:00 on Saturday morning, 13 Feb 2016 for planned systems maintenance,read more
- 25 January 2016 - Excise and Ad-Valorem Excise Duty Payment Dates for 2016/7
- 12 October 2015 – Enhanced Customs Statement of Account and eFiling payment process
As from 12 October 2015 SARS is introducing the first phase of improvements to the Customs account management and payment processes. This phase is aimed at enhancing the Customs Statement of Account (CSA) and the eFiling payment process, initiated via the CSA. For more info, see the letter sent to Trade and the Customs Statement of Account Guide. To see an example of the new CSA, click here. Read more.